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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

A jet-boat ride, a guided nature walk and a backcountry off-road tour are the highlights of this Dart River wilderness safari from Queenstown. During this 6-hour tour with a naturalist guide, venture into Glenorchy, gateway to the World Heritage–listed Mt Aspiring National Park. Surrounded by awe-inspiring peaks and hidden valleys, you’ll twist and turn down the glacier-fed Dart River. Finish with a leisurely walk through an ancient forest to learn about the wildlife and the area’s original Maori inhabitants. 


  • Mt Aspiring National Park and Dart River wilderness adventure from Queenstown
  • Enjoy an exhilarating jet-boat ride on the Dart River
  • Admire the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mt Aspiring National Park on a guided nature walk
  • Enjoy a guided forest walk and a back-country bus tour
  • Learn about unique vegetation and wildlife with your expert naturalist guide

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What You Can Expect

Dart River Jet Boat Ride and Wilderness Jet from Queenstown

Dart River jet boat

Start your 6-hour Dart River wilderness safari with hotel pickup in Queenstown. Hear enlightening commentary on the vivid landscapes as your guide provides commentary during the 28-mile (45-km) journey to Glenorchy, a township situated on the edge of UNESCO-listed Mt Aspiring National Park. This area of exceptional natural beauty has been featured in films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. 

From Glenorchy, set out on a thrilling jet-boat ride down the Dart River. Hold on tight as the boat turns and spins at high speed. Your driver expertly maneuvers the jet boat through shallow channels and points out natural landmarks along the glacier-fed braided river system.

Back on firm ground, take a leisurely walk through an ancient forest. Your naturalist guide highlights the area’s native flora and fauna while sharing captivating stories of the region’s indigenous Maori inhabitants and early pioneers.

Afterward, travel along a backcountry route for an off-road adventure through more of New Zealand’s jaw-dropping South Island scenery, followed by a relaxing drive back to Queenstown.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely stunning scenery and exhilarating ride on the river! The walk through the beech forest was lovely and informative and the forest toilet much appreciated. Loved the giant chair!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great spin up the dart river - and knowledge of the woods was really good . Yeah may try the kayaks next for more in depth adventure.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Fantastic trip. We had a really lovely day weather wise just brilliant sunshine. The jet boat ride was excellent with the scenery up the dart river just beautiful.These tour operators are great with excellent dialog and knowledge of this part of New Zealand. The trip is highly recommended as good value for money and to view this part of the NZ National park.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

BRILLIANT BRILLIANT - boat trip BRILLIANT BRILLIANT but leave it till later in the day when a lot af the cloud has lifted. Exciting, superb panarama, the 4 wheel part was fine and the scenes from the Queenstown to GlenOrchy coach breattaking and that trip not too long but the boat BRI**IANT.

John S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Good tour. Bus driver from Queenstown gave commentary of the area. Wilderness Safari was good provide information on the area and the Flora and Forna. Jet boat not as good as Shotover but still provided sufficient excitement.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

Jet boat is awesome

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2014

Well actually I was extremely dissapointed. We were picked up in the most filthy bus that sounded like the gear box was going to fall out. The windows were so dirty it wrecked any pictures that you tried to take. The jet boat ride was good but as far as the four wheel drive safari, what a huge let down. We were not in any actual four wheel drive vehicles but a bus that went over a few mounds of dirt and that was it. We then got back to the main shop and was told we would have to wait for an hour for the bus to drive us back to Queenstown. There was no mention of this when booking. Im sorry to say that I would not recommned this tour. Waste of money.

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